Mimecast acquires Ataata security training firm Ataata

Mimecast acquires Ataata security training firm Ataata
It’s essential to educate employees in a way that changes behaviour, Bauer said.
Published: 10 July 2018 - 8:33 a.m.
By: David Ndichu

Mimecast has acquired cyber security training and awareness platform Ataata.

The acquisition will allow customers to measure cyber risk training effectiveness by converting behaviour observations into actionable risk metrics for security professionals. The addition of security awareness training and risk scoring and analysis strengthens Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities, the company says.

“Cybersecurity awareness training has traditionally been viewed as a check the box action for compliance purposes, boring videos with PhDs rambling about security or even less than effective gamification which just doesn’t work. As cyberattacks continue to find new ways to bypass traditional threat detection methods, it’s essential to educate your employees in a way that changes behaviour,” said Peter Bauer, chief executive officer and founder of Mimecast.

According to a report from Gartner, the security awareness computer-based training market will grow to more than $1.1 billion by year-end 2020.  “The powerful combination of Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities paired with Ataata’s employee training and risk scoring will help customers enhance their cyber resilience efforts,” Bauer added.

According to research Mimecast conducted with Vanson Bourne, 90% of organisations have seen phishing attacks increase over the last year, yet only 11% responded that they continuously train employees on how to spot cyberattacks. This spans organisations of all segments and sizes including major airlines, government, healthcare - or any other industry. Training is considered hard to implement as these organisations often lack resources and the right content to help raise the awareness of what to spot.

The acquisition of Ataata will offer customers a single, cloud platform that is engineered to mitigate risk and reduce employee security mistakes by calculating employee security risk based on sentiment and behaviour while connecting them with relevant training that is content based on their score and recommended areas for improvement. The solution is designed to allow security teams to dial up security settings at the employee level by leveraging real-world data to train employees to spot threats that are targeting them today.

 “Human error is involved in the majority of all security breaches, and these casual mistakes can cost organisations money, their reputation – and employees, potentially their job,” said Michael Madon, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ataata. “Organisations need to understand that employees are their last line of defence. Cybersecurity training and awareness doesn’t need to be difficult or boring. Training and awareness is needed to help mitigate these internal risks. Our customers rely on engaging content at the human level, which helps to change behaviour at the employee-level. We’re excited to join forces with Mimecast to help customers build a stronger cyber resilience strategy that includes robust content, risk scoring and real-world attack simulation -- going way beyond basic security awareness capabilities.”

 

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